The current exhibit at History San Jose's Clyde Arbuckle Gallery in the Pacific Hotel is a treasure of old San Jose. Titled: "Valley Memories: Curiosities & Treasures from History San Jose's Collection." It features memorabilia from many aspects of life in San Jose through the years. One vignette is about HSJ's photograph collection ... which houses Shirlie Montgomery's collection among others. The information panel features a photo and a quote by Shirlie. This is a fine exhibit ... head over to HSJ and spend some time investigating the many historical houses and vignettes.
From HSJ's website (https://historysanjose.org/):
History San José manages one of the largest collections of regional history artifacts in California, preserving the Santa Clara Valley’s collective memory. Originated in 1949 as a temporary exhibition inside a replica State House building in downtown San Jose, the City’s historic collection has grown over the decades thanks to its original curator, Clyde Arbuckle, and the thousands of Valley residents and businesses who have donated to the San Jose Historical Museum and History San Jose. The collection now represents not only the Valley’s innovative spirit – from Native American baskets and tools, to agricultural equipment, to locally-pioneered pre-silicon chip technologies – but also the everyday lives and interests of its citizens.
As History San José approaches the museum’s 75th anniversary in 2024, we are taking this opportunity to highlight the breadth of the collection, and engage visitors to History Park with a selection of the familiar – and not-so-familiar – artifacts usually kept behind locked doors in our warehouse. From vintage motorcycles, radios and cameras, to games, sports jerseys, fashion and food products, there will be something to interest everyone – and hopefully spark a memory…or two!